China Approves Emergency Usage of Covid-19 Vaccines
China has approved the possible use of coronavirus vaccine in emergencies for people involved in risky occupations. Earlier, Russia was the first country in the world to approve the Covid-19 vaccine, according to CNN.
The head of China’s National Health Commission, Zheng Zhangwei, told state media that some medical workers, border workers and those working in the food market had been vaccinated with the coronavirus to boost their immunity.
Zheng Zhongwei, head of China’s coronavirus vaccine development task force told CCTV: “We’ve drawn up a series of plan packages, including medical consent forms, side-effects monitoring plans, rescuing plans, compensation plans, to make sure the emergency use is well regulated and monitored.”
Zhongwei said Beijing last month approved the use of the coronavirus vaccine only on an emergency basis. After that the activities started from 22 July. He added that the vaccination program may be increased proportionately to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus in autumn and winter.
According to the World Health Organization, separate efforts are underway in 160 countries to develop effective and safe vaccines.
However, the company has not yet approved any vaccine. Professor Chris Whitty, chief medical officer for England, said it was unlikely that any coronavirus vaccine would be widely available before the winter of 2021.
The “emergency” vaccine the Chinese government has been using since July this year. This is the first vaccine in the country, according to international media reports.